Background

The TD Summer Reading Club is Canada’s biggest summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests, and abilities.

Co-created and delivered by 2,000 public libraries across Canada, development of this national, bilingual program is led by Toronto Public Library in partnership with Library and Archives Canada. Sponsorship is generously provided by TD Bank Group.

Kids (and their caregivers) can participate anytime, anywhere - at their local public libraries across Canada, at home, online, on the road, or wherever their summer takes them. Participants can explore recommended reads (including in electronic format) and track their own reading progress; connect and share with others across the country; join in activities at their local libraries; collect reading incentives; write jokes, stories, book reviews, and more. There are great resources for kids with print disabilities as well as for pre-readers and their families.

Check out the TD Summer Reading Club website  for more information and suggestions.

 

2020 Theme

TD Summer Reading Club 2020: Game On!
This summer children are invited to cheer each other on as they acheive their personal best.

We can play on a team, knowing we're better together, or play on our own to see how far we can gol  We'll learn about our work, ourselves and each other through play, and if we stumble along the way, we'll get up laughing and keep on trying because failing is sometimes part of the game.

Please remember that the theme does not have a public-facing name. The phrase “Game On” is only meant to guide those developing the program content and is not meant to be used in publicity materials. 

Illustrator and Web Comic Authors    Yes, the online comic book is back this year!

Dave Whamond is illustrating the 2020 program.  

Kean Soo will write and illustrate the English comic. Yves Bourgelas will isllustrate the French comic.  The comics will be available on the TD SRC kids' site this summer.

Dave Whamond has worked on over 30 books including Rosie's Glasses, My Think-a-ma-Jink, the Oddrey series, Frank and Laverne, Nick and the Sidekick, and a Robert Munsch book, Braids.  His newest graphic novel, Alien Nate, comes out in early 2020.  He has also just finished illustrating a new Robert Munsch book titled School Rules!  Dave lives in Calgary, Alberta, with his family and his dog, Aiko.

Kean Soo was born in the United Kingdom and grew up in various parts of Hong Kong and Canada. He trained as an electrical engineer, and now writes and draws comics for a living. Kean is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel series Jellaby and March Grand Prix. He was also an assistant editor for and contributor to the Flight comic anthology series. Kean currently lives and works in Toronto, Ontario.

Yves Bourgelas is a freelance illustrator from Rouyn-Noranda, Québec. He studied 2D Animation in Quebec City, and then Comic Arts in Gatineau. He has also developped Supercrash, his youth comic book series. Two books are available, Hero by Chance and Double Identities which was published in 2017. Yves currently lives in Gatineau, Québec.  

Launch Date

As in past years, we’re asking all libraries to join in promoting the TD Summer Reading Club with fun activities as part of the fifth annual Get Your Summer Read On Day. To make it easier for libraries to participate in this nationwide registration drive, libraries are encouraged to host their events and activities on any day of their choice between June 13–27, 2020. That’s right—this year you can choose any day in a two-week period.

More information will be provided in the new year, but in the meantime, please choose your day and mark your calendars! 

Accessibility

The TD Summer Reading Club is a fully accessible program. All participating libraries will receive accessible versions of the materials to distribute to participants with print disabilities from the Centre for Equitable Library Access. 

Free promotional material

The deadline for ordering the free promotional material is January 27, 2020.

All Northern Ontario libraries should be using our online order form .  The form details all the items offered and has ordering tips for each.  

 


TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards to Northern Libraries

Since 2007, these awards have recognized and rewarded the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in each official language in local public libraries across Canada. 

2019 - To be announced 

2018 - Honourable Mention

Timmins Public Library partnered with the Ojibway & Cree Centre to offer a broad spectrum of programming. They included therapy dogs, braille kits, Indigenous resources, puppet shows and local authors in their summer reading club. 

2017 - First Prize of $10 000

Callander Public Library’ worked with a record number of partners. One such partner, FIRST 1305 Robotics Team, Ice Cubed delivered two one-week Lego/Robotics camps. The library offered TDSRC activities in the morning and in the afternoon the children learned to develop engineering skills by participating in the Lego/Robotics camp. 

2016 - Honourable Mention

Bkejwanong First Nation Public LibraryThis very small library used the materials provided to offer a strong summer program for children in the area. They held a Library Literacy Event featuring a travelling zoo, storytelling, book displays and various other library resources. The only staff member posted flyers throughout the community to promote the program and organized a grade one field trip from the local elementary school in June to introduce the children to the facility itself. 

2015 - Third prize of $1,000

Mattice-Val Côté Public Library volunteers offered an ambitious program despite the lack of budget money.

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